Dobson House Celebrates Its 100th Birthday

Dobson House Celebrates Its 100th Birthday
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A hundred years ago Lucinda and Solomon Dobson, along with their three kids, moved into their dream home on what is now A street SW.

Dobson Museum Director Jordan Boyd says “The address here when they built the house was 5th and Oak, because 1st Street was 5th and A Street was actually called Oak Street.”

They traveled to Miami from Kentucky by covered wagon just a year after the town was founded in 1891.

President of the Ottawa County Historical Society Larry Roberts says “They were very influential in the numerous businesses that they had here and great pillars in the community and the growth of it.”

Entrepreneurs, who ran the areas first lumber yard, owned an ice plant, bottling company, and mining operation. The Dobsons were not only businessmen but politicians.

Boyd says “Wayman Dobson was mayor for four consecutive terms in Miami.”

Architect J.J. Shew built their craftsman style home with all the modern amenities in mind.

Boyd says “This was a rarity for homes back then to have closets, especially for this particular closet joins this bedroom to the following sitting room.”

One of the cool features about this house are these pocket doors now separating the music room from the dining room but if you wanted to make this room more open you can simply push them away and they disappear into the wall.

The family even has what is believed to be a “courting chair,” but none of the three kids ever married. When the family’s last survivor, Miss. Nellie Dobson, died in 1968 she asked in her will for a museum to be built on her property to preserve Ottawa County’s historic legacy.

Roberts says “Without the Dobson family…we wouldn’t have a facility to house the museum artifacts.”

The “Dobson Museum” sits next door to the house and is operated by the Ottawa County Historical Society. The house sees more than a thousand visitors a year and is listed on the National and State registers of Historic Places.